TikTok's parent company filed a trademark application for "TikTok Music"

TikTok's parent company filed a trademark application for "TikTok Music"
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Do you hear that? That's the sound of TikTok gunning for Spotify's throne.


A trademark filing shows that TikTok's parent company applied for "TikTok Music" — a sign the social media giant could be gearing up to compete with Apple Music and Spotify.

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1. TikTok is coming for Spotify and Apple Music. ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, filed to trademark a streaming service called "TikTok Music," which could feature an app for users to purchase, play, share, and download music.

  • TikTok is already a hub for discovering new music, often propelling songs into the mainstream and to the tops of charts like Billboard 100 and Spotify Viral 50.
  • Now, the company appears to be inching closer to launching a standalone music streaming service of its own — ByteDance submitted its "TikTok Music" trademark in the US on May 9.
  • TikTok is already a major rival to social media companies like Facebook and Instagram, and this move could place it in direct competition with companies like Spotify and Apple Music.

What we know about TikTok's music-streaming ambitions.

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TikTok's parent company filed a trademark application for "TikTok Music"

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4. Meta reported its first-ever year-over-year decline in quarterly revenue. Amid increased competition from TikTok and a slowdown in ad spending, the company posted the first revenue decline in its history. Mark Zuckerberg also said Facebook will steadily reduce the number of employees it hires and shrink some teams over the next year.

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8. Clash of the Tech Titans. Mark Zuckerberg told staff Meta is in "deep, philosophical competition" with Apple to build the metaverse. But he isn't the only one noticing a rivalry. Insider's Lara O'Reilly writes that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been taking shots at Zuckerberg for years — and it's working.

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TikTok's parent company filed a trademark application for "TikTok Music"
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